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#3 Getting my knit together

It’s been a bit of an uphill slog but By 10pm last night I had gathered up everything I needed for the market, well mostly. My nice coat hangers have gone walkabouts.

It’s been a while. I’m not a natural sales person but I do enjoy talking to people about knitting. It was the local Steiner May Fayre; the children learn to knit there in year one so quite a few of the children were interested in what I was doing.

It was a lovely day. I wasn’t expecting to sell much which was just as well, although I did cover my costs. That wasn’t the point of today, it was more about having a dress rehearsal/dummy run. So while it would have been nice to sell a cape or two, I got to look with fresh eyes at what I do and I’ve got some ideas as to how to improve.

So now I’m home, tired but positive. Time to take a break.

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Getting my knit together

What gorgeous weather we’re having!!! So knitting these summer bright soft storage baskets and plant pot covers in readiness for my first market of the year. I’m really lovely looking forward to it – I’m not entire prepared but that’s life. Don’t wait until you’re ready!

I’ve not yet managed to knit any easy light weight summer tops… the one I was working on ended up being dragged behind my van and ended up in the bin if you remember!

So anyway, I lovely easy day with the girl and some good friends today so better get on and ready for the day …πŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

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Knitting not swimming

Don’t get me wrong, I love swimming. I find it meditative. But that’s when I’m doing lengths on my own. It’s just me and the water and my mind quietens. Swimming with the girl is entirely different and not at all meditative.

Ok the joy of watching the girl grow in confidence in the water in wonderful, and the socialising with the other mums is great. But some days I just don’t want have to get wet to do it.

Why? Oh you know… There’s the trying to get changed before the girl flings open the door to the communal changing room, then there’s the getting cold and have I mentioned getting cold oh and staying cold for hours. So while I don’t hate it, some days I don’t relish it. Today was one of those days!

Today the Gods were with me … she went swimming with another parent. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ. I very gratefully watched her from the comfort of the cafe, in the warm. I drank coffee, I started knitting a tension square, I could be proud and warm at the same time.

I still don’t know what to do with the yarn. It’s ‘too nice’ you know that feeling? Like the dinner service you keep for best. But at least now I know how many stitches and rows it’ll take to knit whatever it is. It feels summery some how. So I’ll wait I guess until the whatever it is comes to me. Ommmm πŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈ

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Delicious Decisions….

Just look at this lovely yarn….. LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!! So good you could almost taste it!!! I can’t decide what to do with it…. it’s just so lovely. It varies in thickness and knits up on 6mm needles….

That red and orange; it’s like a fire right there. I don’t normally go for the hot colours like this, I’m more of a green and blue kinda person but this yarn sang to me…. it shouted YOU NEED ME!!!!! I guess that’s what reds and oranges do huh!?

This is more my style, not so easy to knit with as its got little sequins in but it makes up a luxurious fabric …

Both are from my favourite yarn shop in Bath. It’s an Italian Tailors and they sell Italian yarn, it’s great to find different things…

Anyway I’m thinking lightweight summer wrap for the cool evenings (and let’s face it, days in the UK!) …..

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Yarn horror story πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ˜±πŸ˜±

I’ve got those ‘Not going to have enough yarn to finish this project’ blues…

I weighed it before I started… it should have been enough… having said that I’m having to use my old baking scales ever since I accidentally dropped my super accurate digital ones in the (full) washing up bowl… note to self buy new scales….

If I can’t get some more, I guess I could use a contrasting colour.., hmmm time to get creative – either that or frog the whole thing and knit something else…

Still on the bright side, I’ve enjoyed knitting it… every cloud has a silver lining….

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Sewing vs knitting

Today I thought I’d have a go at making curtains for our camper. Nay, better than that I thought I’d get the girl involved. I had a couple of pillow cases and planned to make some nice kitch curtains.

While I was hatching this plan I had completely forgotten that my sewing machine is completely bleddy temperamental. So fast forward a bit, the needle is way over to the left, there’s no way of getting it back where I want it, the top thread keeps breaking, even though the tension is where it normally is add to that 3 needles broke and the girl lost my needle threader (‘look Mummy it’s got a head on it I’ll put it somewhere ……’)

So, my perfect little curtains turned in to that’ll do let’s just get them done and in the van curtains…..ho hum. The girl quickly escaped leaving me in my own to let out some truly colourful language. I bloomin hate sewing right now. I learnt on an industrial machine, maybe I expect too much of my domestic model. I like hand sewing much better. So now I’m going to soothe my soul with a bit of knitting …..

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Life in colour

I’ve really enjoyed knitting these loose fitting hats. The pattern is for an Aran weight yarn, or any yarn that works well on 5mm needles. That means some of the more interesting DK yarns can work well too.

The hat suits long or short hair which is unusual as hats are usually either or. Also multi-coloured yarns work really well, I’m not usually a fan of yarns with a wide variation of colours but I love these. And they use around 50g of yarn which is ideal for using up stash yarns. This hat pattern is a keeper for the book I’m putting together.

With summer just around the corner (ok we we shin deep in snow last weekend with more forecast for Easter) I’m turning my attention to some lighter weight knits. Let’s be honest though, it’s a rare day in the UK when you don’t take an extra layer ‘just in case’…

So I’ve done the tension square and sums for a loose and lightweight jumper. Now we all know my sums can be a bit off so I’ve checked and checked again and I’m pretty certain it’ll be a nice fit for a UK 10- 14 …. watch this space …..

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Shhhhh!

I LOVE this yarn. I’ve knitted the cable ear warmer and am making a start on the hat.

My brain was jangled after a busy day and I needed some quiet after the girl went to bed. In the quiet of the living room I sat on the floor and worked out how the decrease might work. I say might because things can sometimes change in the actual knitting. Feeling already quieter, I did some yoga with my favourite YouTube channel yoga with Adriene …. and now I feel positively serene!

Have I mentioned that I LOVE this yarn. The picture doesn’t do the colours justice ( I’m all about colour). The cable looks amazing and I’m actually inspired to knit a jumper… anyway now to keep the quiet in my soul with a bit of knitting β€οΈπŸ™πŸΌ

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Great expectations!

This is a wonderful Italian chunky wool/ alpaca/ acrylic yarn on 6.5mm needles. I’ve knitted the tension square to help me with my design for a close fitting hat with detachable ear warmer.

I really love the definition of the stitches and the soft mossy colours. It’s funny, I react strongly to colour. A while ago I was using some brown chunky yarn. On the face of it the yarn was attractive, and I’d knitted other items in differences colours of the same yarn. Once I started with it I was disappointed but I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Eventually I realised, there just wasn’t enough warmth. So anyway I’m really looking forward to working with this yarn.

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Keepin it loose…

I’ve had this lovely black and green yarn for ages, my husband bought it for me. It’s DK so I’ve not been sure what to do with it.

Anyway I’m trying out my Boho hat in DK on larger needles that the recommended 4mm. The trick here is to keep the tension consistently gentle…. let’s see how it works out….

In other news I sorted out some of my yarn stash…..